I’m working for a writer who is adapting a book. I’ve never adapted anything, and it’s a strange process to watch. He’s taken the story in a strange new direction; the entire book is basically just the first act of the film. He’s also renaming character willy nilly, for no reason whatsoever. I don’t really understand why he’d do that.
It reminds me of an old story Stephen King wrote about. Allow me to paraphrase:
A young writer met his hero, the Great Novelist. He gushed about how fantastic the Novelist’s work was, how it moved him and changed his life. Then he asked, “But how could you sell your masterpieces to those Hollywood producers? They ruined your books!”
“No, they didn’t,” the Author replied, gesturing to the bookshelf behind him. “They’re all still right here.”
It is strange that a studio would go through the hassle of obtaining rights to an existing property, only to alter it unrecognizably. But it is true: the book is still right there.
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Kinda on the topic of adaptations, I just rewatched Dark Knight and had a sudden revelation. At the end of Batman Begins, Gordon pulls out a Joker card and talks to Batman about “escalation.” What was Dark Knight about?
So, Dark Knight ends with Batman all alone, and Gordon telling Macaulay Culkin’s clone that the cops have to hunt him (Batman, not Gordon).
Now, if the problem of the next film is hero-against-the-world, how do you solve that? He needs to find a partner! In Batman’s world, that leaves us with either Robin, who has been ruled out, or… Catwoman.
Remember this post when Batman 3 comes out. I called it first!